FC Lahti

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Lahti
Club crest
Full name Football Club Lahti[1][2]
Nickname(s) Mustat kuhnurit (The Black Drones)
Founded 1996; 21 years ago (1996)
Ground Lahden Stadion,
Lahti
Ground Capacity 14,500 (7,465 seated)
Chairman Mika Halttunen
Manager Toni Korkeakunnas
League Veikkausliiga
2016 8th
Lahden Stadion – Aerial view

FC Lahti is a Finnish football club based in the city of Lahti. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) after placing first in the Finnish First Division (Ykkönen) during season 2011. The homeground of FC Lahti is Lahden Stadion. FC Lahti is famous of being the local team of the most successful Finnish player, Jari Litmanen. Litmanen played in FC Lahti two times, 2004 and 2009-2010. In his youth years and the start of his career, he played in Reipas Lahti.

History[edit]

FC Lahti was founded in 1996 when two rival clubs from Lahti – FC Kuusysi and Reipas Lahti (founded in Viipuri and moved to Lahti after Viipuri was ceded to USSR in 1947) – decided to merge. Also, the reserve club FC Pallo-Lahti was formed, but it was closed down after a couple of seasons due to economic difficulties. Both Reipas and Kuusysi controlled the junior section of the club.

FC Lahti played its first season in 1997, in the southern group of Ykkönen, the second tier of Finnish football. It finished second in the first half of the split league format Ykkönen but was placed third in the final half, behind FC Haka and PK-35, both of which were promoted to Veikkausliiga. The next season, 1998, saw success and FC Lahti finally gained promotion to the highest tier. They were relegated at the end of the 2010 season.

In the premier division, Lahti has not yet achieved the success of Kuusysi and Reipas. In 2007 Lahti won the Finnish League Cup. In 2008 FC Lahti was third in the Veikkausliiga final table and was placed in the UEFA Europa League qualification rounds for season 2009.

Honours[edit]

FC Lahti in Europe[edit]

As of 23 July 2009

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania Dinamo Tirana 4–1 0–2 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Slovenia Gorica 2–0 0–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Belgium Club Brugge 1–1 2–3 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden IF Elfsborg 2–2 0–5 2–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Group – 3rd
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group – 1st – Promoted
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegation Group – Play-offs
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Upper Group – 8th
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 14th Relegated
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 July 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Finland DF Mikko Hauhia (Captain)
5 Germany DF Igor Jovanović
6 Finland DF Pyry Kärkkäinen
7 Finland FW Fareed Sadat
8 Russia MF Pavel Nazimov
9 Brazil FW Stênio
10 Germany MF Hendrik Helmke
11 Finland MF Drilon Shala
12 Finland GK Santeri Pakkanen
13 Finland MF Masa Malen
14 Estonia FW Henri Anier
15 Sierra Leone DF Hassan Sesay
16 Finland FW Santeri Hostikka
No. Position Player
17 Finland MF Joona Tapani
18 Russia MF Pavel Osipov
19 Finland MF Aleksi Paananen
20 Finland FW Irfan Sadik
21 Republic of Macedonia FW Marko Simonovski
22 Finland MF Loorents Hertsi
23 Finland DF Kalle Taimi
24 Finland DF Paavo Voutilainen
25 Finland MF Mikko Kuningas
28 Finland MF Oskari Kekkonen
30 Finland GK Miikka Mujunen
31 Finland GK Joona Tiainen
78 Russia GK Aleksandr Vasyutin (on loan from Zenit)

Management[edit]

Name Role
Finland Toni Korkeakunnas Head Coach
Finland Joni Kallioinen Coach
Finland Ari Korhonen Coach
Finland Toni Huuhka Coach, Fitness Coach
Finland Risto Luomanen Team Manager
Finland Markus Kangasvieri Physiotherapist

FC Lahti Akatemia[edit]

FC Lahti's reserve team currently plays in the Kakkonen. It is coached by Juha-Pekka Ojala.[3]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FC Lahti Profile". Worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL Medien GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Football Club Lahti". Fussball.com. Active Agent AG. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Juha-Pekka Ojalasta FC Lahti Akatemian vastuuvalmentaja". fckuusysi.fi. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 

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